Your sinus structure, body weight, lifestyle factors, and health history all play a part in your snoring habits. Thus, to treat snoring, one must figure out the source of the problem. From there, you can determine the device that will be the most beneficial in helping you get quality rest.
The anti-snoring mouthpiece is a common choice among snorers. Let’s take a look at this device and compare it with a few others.
How do anti-snoring mouthpieces work?
As you slumber, the muscles in your mouth loosen up. At times, they end up hindering your airway, resulting in a vibrating noise that we know as snoring when air tries to move through the obstructed passage.
Anti-snoring mouthpieces counter this by either holding up the tissues in your mouth or pulling your jaw forward to keep your tongue from falling back. There are quite a few variations of these devices, but when it comes down to it, they are all based on a similar precept – to keep your airways free of obstruction.
If you snore as a result of an obstructed airway, this device may be right for you. Of course, having to wear a mouthpiece at night can be uncomfortable and will require some getting used to.
Some users claim that these devices provoke greater saliva production. Others still say that their mouths stay open as they sleep, resulting in bad breath from a dry mouth when they wake up.
A chin strap is used to counter these issues by keeping your mouth closed as you sleep. Sometimes the mouthpiece may fit you a little bit too snugly, and it may cause pain in your jaw. Hence, selecting a device that fits you comfortably is important as to prevent any further problems.
A number of people snore while lying on their backs. If you are one of them, the solution is simple: sleep on your side.
This may seem simple, but it is difficult to change your sleeping position if you are accustomed to sleeping a certain way. Even if you manage to fall asleep on your side, you will probably shift to your back later during the night.
Something as simple as a tennis ball can be a cheap solution in this case. Simply attach a tennis ball to the back of your shirt. Each time you roll onto your back, it will be uncomfortable, and you will shift back to your side.
A number of people find that this solution does not work for them, as the discomfort wakes them up. Another great way to solve the problem is an anti-snore pillow.
These pillows position you to sleep on your side, placing your head in a way that keeps your airways free of obstruction. It may take some time to adjust to this new position, but it may very well be your solution to a good night’s rest.
If nasal congestion is the reason for your night time wheezing, a nasal device may be good for you. These devices are made of either metal or plastic. They aid your breathing by keeping your nostrils apart as you snooze, alleviating any congestion and therefore your snoring.
Nasal strips are an option as well. These adhesive plaster just needs to be positioned right on the outside of your nose, keeping your nasal passage from contraction during the night.
If your nasal congestion is recurrently the result of colds or sinus infections, you will have to solve this underlying problem rather than just using a device. Using saline to wash your nose or taking a steaming bath before you sleep may be helpful in clearing the congestion. Talk to a medical professional if you think nasal decongestants may be good for you, because using it for long periods of time may be ill-advised.